5 things Leonardo da Vinci did to change the world

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Many are known about Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, yet many things still await to be discovered. Widely considered an archetipe of the “Renaissance man”, he was a man whose curiosity was equaled only by his powers of invention and talent. Among others, he was a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. Many claim he was the smartest man to ever live, many claim he was the most talented to ever live… one thing’s for sure: he was a one of a kind man.

  • Scissors
  • Something as simple yet as important as the scissors had a huge importance in the development of mankind. Who knows how many centuries would have passed without this tool had it not been for the man? Just think about all the tailors… not much of a job left for them, huh?

  • Parachute
  • parachute

    Photo by The library

    The first parachute had been imagined and sketched by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 15th century. It’s hard to believe something as “modern” as a parachute could be invented over 500 years ago. Leonardo’s parachute design consists of sealed linen cloth held open by a pyramid of wooden poles, about seven metres long. Still, because his ideas were way ahead of his time, the technology was not able to sustain his ideas, thus nobody invented a practical parachute until 1783.

  • Mona Lisa
  • gioconda

    Without a doubt the most famous painting of the world, Mona Lisa (or Gioconda) has fascinated people for centuries – and for a good reason. It is said that just the lips took 10 years to make. Also, it has fueled an impressive amount of theories, due to it’s mysterious smile and implicit (for some) sexual hint, but also because of the fact that it also has some man traits, despite having pregnant features. Still, the enigmatic smile is the crowning of a genius.

  • Anatomy studies
  • vitruvian

    Leonardo’s formal training in the anatomy of the human body began with his apprenticeship to Andrea del Verrocchio, his teacher insisting that all his pupils learn anatomy. As an artist, he grew fond of topographic anatomy, drawing many studies of muscles, tendons and other visible anatomical features. Also, his drawing of the Vitruvian man is iconic: a nude male figure in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square was almost a science fiction topic in 1487. The measurements are those of an average man, surprisingly correct (again, on average).

  • Engineering
  • flying machine

    Photo by wikipedia

    During his lifetime and even after that, Leonardo was valued as an engineer. Still, with his imagination it was hard to remain practical all the time, so some of his inventions were not devisable (at least not at that time). In 2001, a vision of his was ressurected by some engineers who built a small bridge based on his ideas. For much of his life, Leonardo was fascinated by the phenomenon of flight, producing many studies of the flight of birds, including his c. 1505 Codex on the Flight of Birds. Still, what chances would you have of somebody actually building the helicopters and tanks you designed?

    Many of his ideas were unpractical, many were just brilliantly aplied, many had to wait hundreds of years before they could be aplied. Also his connection with the masonry is widely known and speculations have always been made. Stay tuned for a list of Leonardo’s more poetic ideas, and speculations that suround his unbelievable life.


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    • http://myspace.com Aubree

      i love da Vinci
      he is so brilliant!!!

    • Audrey_Hepburn_Rules

      Leonardo da Vinci is the best!! For anyone who is interested in him and his life, check out the book, ‘The Medici Seal’, by Theresa Breslin. It has a lot about his life and the Borgia and Medici families. (Check out Lorenzo d’Medici!) Anyway, go Leo!!

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    • http://www.mylife.com putapendeja

      He was my girlfreind…he blowed really good…

    • http://www.mylife.com putapendeja

      Ernesto y da vinci se cojian en la cama todos los dias sin condon….y el ernesto se comia el mecco….le gustava por el culito.!!!!

    • Jinna KO

      If Da vinci wasn’t born it would have been boring in the world i mean think about it we should be very thankful, he studied the human body to see why people died of smoking or not enough blood when you get to olden ages. Da vinci invented almost everything ex: he invented the parachute, there would be no sport that included parachutes and air gliders not without him. I always am thankful to what happens in everyday life because i’m a christan so i need to be thankful to the food he gave us and all the other things, Whrn i grow up i want to be a fashion desighner or house interior but mostly i want to help orphans and poor people.

      Thank you very much if you were reading my note.. and Bye!!

    • linorche delouis

      Leonardo da vinci u r dead but was the best man to think of ideas for the present parachute and helicopter i got respect 4 u u rock

    • Niloufar

      I’m reading the book “The Da Vinci Code”. There were some points about Da Vinci’s work there, so I became so interested in him and his world! By reading this text, I learned more and more about Da Vinci. As it was written in the text: he was rightfully a one of a kind person…

    • Iri

      I got a report due on the invention of the parachute and I thought it would be boringto do. But I have ome to find that it is very interesting. Rock on Da Vinci!!!!!!!!!

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      Hi, I’m bored

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    • carlos lascoutx

      …if you’re bored, eerie, maybe you have nothing to work with,
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    • Iri

      Ohh HElls NO!!!!!!!

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      he iz a great man

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    • truenotion

      Leonardo Da Vinci didn’t invent scissors. Spring scissor are thought to have been invented around 1500 BC in ancient Egypt. Cross-bladed scissors were invented by the Romans around AD 100.

    • angelica

      ben likes to masterbait to leonardo da vinci’s sketches of a women pregnant, womb and embryo and all.

    • dick

      shit

    • Mysterious Bob

      thanks 4 info im doing a project in him and ben does what???

    • Captain Underpants

      To the rescue!!!

    • Richard

      This is one of the worst, and most ill informed, articles on Da Vinci I have ever read…. enjoyed wasting my time.

    • Ladiia4u2nv

      i agree it was very fascinating

    • Sophie

      This information helped me with my assignment on Leonardo Da Vinci and is a great source. Thanks

    • Adsf

      No way. This was really helpful :)

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    • Aesouder2001

      wow!
      lot of information!i had a project on him it really helped! thx!

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    • Guest

      Despite some of the earlier and less desirable comments, I think this was a great article. It seemed you could have gone into a little more detail, but still the general information is great and is helping me with my report on him. Thank you!

    • Guest

      He didn’t invent scissors…

    • Cutte14

      why are you saying bad words about him.your name is disgusting.

    • Chaparazepeda

      nice!! it helped me on my biography project

    • bellissima

      This is very good! thank you because my homework of science are done!
      Thank you, very dectailed and interesting

    • Danny

      Helped a TON with my research project. The real difference from other websites was this website actually telling how his inventions affect us TODAY. Thanks.

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      luv scissors

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      it did not help at all

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      no one cares

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      thank you. you have good future

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    • your dad

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    • Kiersten

      hey i am in the 7 grade but i need to know were he lived does anybody know

    • CookieLover826

      Does anybody know were he lived, cause I am in the 7 grade and me and my friend are doing a project on Da Vinci and our teacher sucks and didn’t give us any information

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      dogs are better

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      stop talking about your mama

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      dogs are gay

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      Well of course you say that your name is Leslie (the lesbien) lol

    • Noway

      ?

    • Dahdog

      Idiot.

    • Seriously?

      Nice job looking at dates. This article was published on the 19th of May 2008 and that article was published on the 21st of May 2008.

    • 1D lover!!!

      Thanks mate, helped me a heck of a lot with my English assignment on him..

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    • Rick

      It is most likely that scissors were invented around 1500 BC in ancient Egypt.[1] The earliest known scissors appeared in Mesopotamia 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. These were of the ‘spring scissor’ type comprising two bronze blades connected at the handles by a thin, flexible strip of curved bronze which served to hold the blades in alignment, to allow them to be squeezed together, and to pull them apart when released.
      Spring scissors continued to be used in Europe until the 16th century. However, pivoted scissors of bronze or iron, in which the blades were pivoted at a point between the tips and the handles, the direct ancestor of modern scissors, were invented by the Romans around 100. They entered common use not only in ancient Rome, but also in China, Japan, and Korea, and the idea is still used in almost all modern scissors. -Wikipedia.

      Thanks for coming out.

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      I LIKE CHEEESE

    • mum eats ponys

      nice

    • derp

      No it wasn’t. At the bottom it says “source” and a link to this article. If they give credit to the person who wrote it it’s not plagiarism.

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      your also an idiot for posting on here too jackass lololol >.>

    • smellykloe

      loads of help thx xoxoxoxoxo

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      You only listed like 3 things. -_-

    • HAHAHA

      Lol. :)

    • Taylor

      This is fantastic :) I had to find information on inventions that Leonardo created, and this really helped :) Thank you soo much for taking the time to post this for people, it is greatly appreciated! ~T

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      Ur a dummy (^>^)

    • This Isntreal

      Funny because of the fact that this was posted 3 days before that. So the real plagiarizer was that poster.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/celeste.johnson.9699 Celeste Johnson

      thanx for the help. doing a project for him and this was really helpful.

    • AGENT_HO

      He was insparational

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      ugly page , there is no info on it

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      i need good info…… which u guys dont have it
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    • Arianna

      This helped A LOT, thank you, you helped me finish most of my project.

    • gabbystreet

      omp! (o my pudding!) this info helped alot im making a power point for science on him. and thank sweet jesus above that i found this lol

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      lol y are boys horny?

    • bob

      hi

    • Immature

      i like unicorns

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      Im comenting on a coment of a coment! XD

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      Well I like quadricorns!

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      Random much

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    • Bro 46

      Oh man thx bro. I needed this info so badly. Big four page history report due on monday. Thx

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      ……….

    • chica500

      had station studying on him it helped me learn alot about the things we have today bcuz without him we wouldn’t have some of the things that are important to us now

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      ur retarded

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      lets hook up

    • bob

      hey

    • joe

      hey bob. im joe

    • bob

      nice to meet u joe

    • joe

      ur so dumb hahah

    • harry

      that is not nice joe

    • bob

      thanks harry

    • harry

      ur welcome

    • harry

      thats not nice u jerk. im going to report u jerk

    • joe

      ur dumb too hhahahha

    • blake

      you all are a bunch of dumb asses

    • joe

      to late i reported for calling you a jerk

    • harry

      no!!!!!! help me bob

    • bob

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    • galileo

      hey im the real Galileo

    • joe

      ur not the real galileo

    • bob

      yes he is is joe ur so dumb

    • leonardo

      ya he is so for real. and i am the real leonardo da vinci. but you can call me leo da boss

    • leonardo

      nothing much

    • galileo

      whats up leo

    • joe

      wow u guys are the real people cuz u know eachother sorry for not beliving u

    • leonardo

      ha ur retarded. were not fo real. sucka

    • harry

      wow u really fooled us.
      any one notice the scary lady in the corner
      I can see it in your eyes joe

    • joe

      thats cuz ur gay

    • leonardo

      hhahahhaha sucker u just got told

    • zach tucker

      whats wrong with gays im gay

    • galileo

      wow fag

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